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European Parliament calls for immediate and unconditional release of Chibok girls

European Parliament has today passed a resolution calling for immediate and unconditional release of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.

On 14th April 2014, Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from their boarding school in Chibok, in the northern state of Borno.

MEPs said they were "extremely concerned about Boko Haram's active targeting of women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign."

They condemned the prohibition on access to education for children, calling it a "flagrant violation of fundamental human rights".

MEPs said reports of forced conversions to Islam and the imposition of Sharia law was another source of "grave concern".

European Parliament called on the Nigerian government "to recognise and respect freedom of the press and media and to allow journalists and reporters access to the front lines".

The Parliament also urged the EU "to work with the UN and other international partners to cut off funding for, and restrict the movements of, Boko Haram and, in particular, their leadership".

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